Governor

All candidate comparisons are listed alphabetically by last name, by those candidates who responded and then by those who did not respond. Underlined names indicate hyperlink to individual candidate page containing survey responses, biographical information, and message to Catholic voters provided by the candidate.


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1) Abortion Regulation. Extend legal protection from abortion to every preborn child at the moment of conception, taking effect if and when Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Republicans

Michael Connely


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Charles Herbster

Brett Lindstrom

Lela McNinch

Jim Pillen

Breland Ridenour

Donna Carpenter

Theresa Thibodeau

Troy Wentz

Democrats

Carol Blood

Roy Harris

2) Death Penalty. Repeal the state's use of the death penalty.

Republicans

Michael Connely


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Charles Herbster

Brett Lindstrom


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Lela McNinch

Jim Pillen

Breland Ridenour

Donna Carpenter

Theresa Thibodeau

Troy Wentz

Democrats

Carol Blood

Roy Harris

3) Education Choice. Increase education choice for low-income parents and their children by implementing a scholarship tax credit program.

Republicans

Michael Connely


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Charles Herbster

Brett Lindstrom

Lela McNinch

Jim Pillen

Breland Ridenour

Donna Carpenter

Theresa Thibodeau

Troy Wentz

Democrats

Carol Blood

Roy Harris

4) End-of-Life Medical Decision-Making. Legalize euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide.

Republicans

Michael Connely

Charles Herbster

Brett Lindstrom

Lela McNinch

Jim Pillen

Breland Ridenour

Donna Carpenter

Theresa Thibodeau

Troy Wentz

Democrats

Carol Blood

Roy Harris

5) Firearm Regulation. Allow concealed carry of a handgun without requiring a state-issued permit to be obtained.

Republicans

Michael Connely

Charles Herbster

Brett Lindstrom

Lela McNinch


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Jim Pillen

Breland Ridenour

Donna Carpenter

Theresa Thibodeau

Troy Wentz

Democrats

Carol Blood

Roy Harris

6) Healthcare Access. Extend Medicaid health care coverage for low-income mothers who are postpartum from 60 days of coverage after giving birth to 12 months of coverage.

Republicans

Michael Connely

Charles Herbster

Brett Lindstrom

Lela McNinch


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Jim Pillen

Breland Ridenour


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Donna Carpenter

Theresa Thibodeau

Troy Wentz

Democrats

Carol Blood

Roy Harris

7) Human Sexuality. Add the term 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' to the list of specially protected classes in Nebraska's anti-discrimination laws.

Republicans

Michael Connely

Charles Herbster

Brett Lindstrom

Lela McNinch


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Jim Pillen

Breland Ridenour


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Donna Carpenter

Theresa Thibodeau

Troy Wentz

Democrats

Carol Blood

Roy Harris

8) Immigration. Maintain policies that allow DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) youth and young adults to obtain state-issued driver licenses, in-state tuition, and professional licenses.

Republicans

Michael Connely


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Charles Herbster

Brett Lindstrom

Lela McNinch


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Jim Pillen

Breland Ridenour


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Donna Carpenter

Theresa Thibodeau

Troy Wentz

Democrats

Carol Blood

Roy Harris

9) Public Safety of Students. Utilize state funds to further the public safety of students in both public and non-public (i.e., parochial, private, and denominational) schools.

Republicans

Michael Connely


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Charles Herbster

Brett Lindstrom

Lela McNinch

Jim Pillen

Breland Ridenour

Donna Carpenter

Theresa Thibodeau

Troy Wentz

Democrats

Carol Blood

Roy Harris

10) Religious Liberty. Provide protection against government discrimination for faith-based adoption and foster care providers, health care professionals and institutions, and social service providers that operate according to their sincerely held moral or religious beliefs.

Republicans

Michael Connely

Charles Herbster

Brett Lindstrom

Lela McNinch

Jim Pillen

Breland Ridenour

Donna Carpenter

Theresa Thibodeau

Troy Wentz

Democrats

Carol Blood

Roy Harris

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